SCVMM 2012: Right-click, Create Cloud

That’s the coolest feature I have seen in a while: In the SCVMM 2012 (CTP) console you have a Create Cloud action. You even have a Create Cloud Wizard.

Well, the background on this is more detailed: I have attended MGT206 – System center Virtual Machine Manager vNext: Service Lifecycle Management for the Private Cloud. During the session the new architecture of SCVMM 2012 was explained. It will have two categories of features: Fabric Management – which deals with managing the infrastructure, hosts and resources, and Service Management which includes also Cloud Management.

Using this model, administrators can define Private Clouds as a set of resources (logical networks, balancers, VM templates, storage) and Capability Profiles which will determine the type of VMs that can get created in the cloud. Then the administrators can define limits on compute, storage and number of VMs.

Then the administrator can delegate the cloud to a Cloud Manager (great title) which will take the ownership of that cloud and assign permissions to individual self-service users.

The next great feature in SCVMM 2012 is Service Lifecycle Management. The administrator cand define Service Templates using any number of VM templates and additional applications. By example an LOB application can have 1-3 web tier servers, 1-2 application tier servers and one database tier server. Using this Service template, an administrator can quickly deploy a new instance of the LOB application from the console by using the Deploy Service action.

The Deploy Service Wizard (yes, they have that) will search for available hosts (or cloud) and using the Intelligent Placement feature will select the best hosts for deployment and deploy the application components based on the template.

How cool is that

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